It was so bizarre, one minute I was coming to work as normal, then suddenly there was a Pandemic.
We were having contingency meetings where all that we discussed was Covid; the normal we knew and loved about the way we worked here at the Hospice changed. We had a new normal and we are still trying to get used to it.
I had just started working at Alice House in January 2020, having left an acute trust.
It was my dream job, looking after patients and their families whose life was limited or coming to an end. To look after people as individuals – taking the time to get to know them and their families. Letting them die with dignity and respect.
At the beginning of the first lockdown I was working in the Inpatient Unit, our Covid unit.
It has been so very difficult for patients and families coping with visiting restrictions but also for us as a team; we usually have an open door policy.
When the pandemic was first mentioned I honestly did not have any insight to how much it would change the world as we knew it.
The way things changed at Alice House, in some ways was scary as it happened overnight in some cases. The use of PPE, barrier nursing every patient and stopping visitors hit us all very hard.
Christmas in Alice House Hospice’s Day Services is a festive time full of laughter, this is it from the eyes of one volunteer.
Janet Staunch has been volunteering in the Holistic Wellbeing Centre for 2 years and joined the team with a desire to “give something back to the community”.